Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism Henry Mussa, on Friday presided over the launch of fraud and corruption prevention policy for Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe and urged Malawians to be vigilant to speak out and report corruption.
Mussa said it will not be good for him preside on something which will at the end just gather dust, saying plundered resources are creating a few rich individuals and leaving majority wallowing in impoverishment.
“The launch of this policy is a very welcome development. As government we are not happy to see people plundering public resources and it is pleasing that institutions like CFCT are launching polices because the battle against corruption needs concerted efforts,” said Mussa,
“I want this policy to be implemented because corruption denies access to justice for victims, it exacerbates inequality, weakens governance institutions, erodes public trust, fuels impunity and undermines the rule of law particularly the right to fair trial, that is why am urging you to implement this policy,” stressed Mussa.
Mussa said, there is no doubt that in practical terms corruption is an enormous obstacle to realization of all human rights civil, political , economic ,social and cultural as well as the right to development.
In an interview after the official launch of the policy CFTC Board member, Joyce Mataya, promised that CFTC will join hands with other stakeholders such Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for smooth and fully implantation of the policy.
Mataya admitted that corruption indeed retards development and promised that the policy will never gather dust but will be fully utilized to its maximum.
She said the development of the policy will go a long way in ensuring integrity and ethics within the commission’s system and its stakeholders.
CFCT executive director Wezi Charlotte Malunda said there is need to examine ways to achieve great transparency and accountability, improve quality of service and meet public demand to transparency and ethical conduct in commercial institutions.
ACB Public Relations Manager, Egritta Ndala commended CFTC for the policy, saying the battle against corruption should be a concerted efforts not for the bureau alone.
The 20 page policy document has clear guidelines on how to report corruption and also spell out procedures of corruption prevention.